Over 5200 vaccinated as invites for 65-70 year olds expected next week

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Medical teams have now administered 5200 vaccinations to patients from Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow (CHAW).

The majority of the vaccinations have taken place at Wilmslow Health Centre but daily clinics are also being held at other local GP surgeries using the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, with a further delivery of 1600 doses having been received today (Thursday, 4th February).

Clinicians have also been attending those who are housebound and in the older age groups with a total of 1500 patients from Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow having been vaccinated in the past week.

Wilmslow Health Centre received a delivery of 975 Pfizer jabs and 400 doses of the Astra Zeneca jab on Thursday, 28th January so larger clinics were held on for Friday and Saturday.

Patients aged 70 years and over, along with extremely vulnerable individuals are currently receiving the jab and medical teams hope to proceed to the 65-70 age group by the middle of next week.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, said "Because of the way in which NHS England has commissioned pharmacies and mass vaccination centres, we have no way of knowing the numbers vaccinated at such sites. Even the government system used to record the vaccinations done in GPs surgeries is erratic and often doesn't update patient records."

He added "Patients often find themselves with multiple invitations to attend vaccinations at various sites across the Northwest and are confused even more when they receive an invitation from their GP surgeries. GP surgeries can only send out invitations when they know that a delivery of vaccination is due and that can sometimes be as little as 3 to 4 days before the delivery, so they don't have long to invite eligible patients."

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Kristina Hulme
Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 4:33 pm
Thank you very much to Chaw and the amazing roll out in this region of vaccines.
How can we make sure for the second dose the mistakes of overlap with communications improves. It is clearly wasting valuable time in the GP Units . We hope NHS England will support your incredible efforts going forward and coordinate their commissioning strategy.
Again we are very grateful for all you are doing.
Sarah Wilkinson
Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 8:29 pm
We live within less than a mile from the much vaunted Wilmslow Health Centre but I have to make a 15 mile round trip for my COVID vaccination, despite being confirmed as "clinically extremely vulnerable". Why is this? I am registered with the Kenmore Medical Centre. They cannot answer my enquiry.

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